Our business involves deadlines, and I was way past my deadline to design something for 100 Blocks. Feeling the crunch, I doodled at my desk one day and came up with Bar None.
I love working with a 12″ format when I’m designing, because it’s divisible by so many numbers: 2, 3, 4, and 6. The possibilities are endless.
Bar None is a very simple block, so I used interesting fabrics to spice it up. Here are a few hints for choosing fabrics in a scrappy project:
- All the colors should not “match”. If you use blacks, for instance, choose blacks that are different from one another. Sameness = boring.
- Choose a variety of motifs in the fabrics. Bar None has stripes, polka dots, very graphic letters and a little ditzy print just in the black/white areas.
- Mix up the values a bit. The blues in Bar None are very light, medium, medium dark and dark-with-lots-of-other-colors.
- If something sticks out like a sore thumb, add more of it. I learned this in a class with Roberta Horton and it’s been an invaluable lesson.
What are your tips for choosing scrappy fabrics? Leave a comment here by noon Monday, Nov. 16 and you could win a free copy of 100 Blocks.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
The winner is Chris, #26. Congratulations!